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House Rabbit Society Blows it...AGAIN

Posted by Rabbit Education on January 29, 2011 at 8:36 PM Comments comments (2)

The article "Too small for bunnies' comfort" by Jacelyn Heng President, House Rabbit Society of Singapore  really gets it wrong about rabbits. Her article is a complaint about a pet rabbit type exhibition, to start she's against doing things to rabbits such as dressing them up for a costume contest or having a rabbit race. In her article titled "Dressing, racing rabbits is abuse" she states

"The "Best Dressed Rabbit" contest is absolutely unsuitable for rabbits. We may think it is cute and fun to dress our pets up in clothes that we (or dolls) would wear, but it is most certainly a form of animal abuse - especially so for rabbits.

Rabbits are prey animals and are therefore ultra-sensitive to their bodies being wrapped in material. They liken the sensation to being caught by a predator."

Animal abuse? Come on give me a break!!! To start her contention that rabbits would view being dressed up like being caught by a predator is simply ridiculous. Given her logic no one should ever pick up, touch, or handle a rabbit in any way. Now if one sliently snuck up on their pet rabbit and grabbed him THAT would probably be viewed as being caught by a predator by dressing them!! I can't see how she jumps to the conclusion of "abuse" when examining dressing up pet rabbits for a costume contest. I don't think they would view it as much of anything. I think this has more to do with anyone using rabbits differently than she would is "abuse". Of course who is she or the HRSS to dictate anything about how pet owners interact with their rabbits.

And how does she know what a rabbit thinks when dressed up? Last I heard they don't speak English :) But read between the lines, it's all about promoting a radical agenda that disallows all sorts of legitimate interaction between people and animals.

In the other article "Too small for bunnies' comfort" another one of her complaints is the cages are too small. Hello, the cages used to transport rabbits from point A to B are SMALLER than their regular housing. There is a really valid reason to do this...SAFETY. Large roomy transport cages would allow for rabbits to get bumped around and increase the chance of injury. In a car accident it could very well kill or paralyze them. Heng complains the cages violated "welfare standards", but in fact they do not, acceptable welfare standards allow for transport of rabbits in small cages meant to restrict movement to ensure their safety.

Heng also complains about the wire bottom floors of the tranpsort cages, once again HRS gets it wrong on rabbit husbandry. Wire flooring is an acceptable substance. It is sanitary, waste products fall through preventing the rabbit from standing in it. Groups who promote feeding rabbits in plastic litterboxes so that they stand in their own feces and urine may not be aware of the importance of sanitary conditions.

Heng also says wire clages cause sore hocks, they of course DO NOT. There are a number of factors including genetic predisposition for sore hocks. Wire flooring does not cause it, it is perfectly safe and comfortable for rabbits. She neglects to mention that some rabbits housed on solid flooring also develop sore hocks.Someone who works at a shelter also posted in the comment section: "As to the sore hocks - I found it interesting that the ONLY cases of sore hocks and urine burn that came into the shelter were found on rabbits that were kept on solid bottom floors! HRS wants you to think it is grid floors that are the culprit but the shelter statistics prove otherwise."

You know what does contribute to sore hocks? Rabbits standing in wet, unsanitary surfaces such as solid floors that do not allow the urine or feces to fall through, sort of like those litterboxes filled with hay.

Someone who actually attended the event left a comment to Heng's complaint:


Updated 05:05 PM January 28, 2011

I was present at the event myself and this picture attached is definitely a wrong representation of what the "exhibits" are. The rabbit in the cage pictured here, is in the "holding area" for the rabbit before they entered the show on-stage for the judges to judge. For those who have not seen the event personally, please DO NOT get the wrong impression of the content typed and picture taken. The rabbits that were meant for exhibition and educating the public at Suntec City Mall are housed in large enough space for them to run around, have fresh hay and fresh water, stretch out, roll around and sleep well. Sometimes rabbits do cuddle up into a ball to rest when the temperature gets a little chilly, which is obviously the case if you have been exposed to cold blasts of air conditioning at the malls for hours in the same spot.

I would also have to ask Heng how do you and your organization transport rabbits? In large roomy cages where they can be injured or in smaller transport cages?

Once again a group calling themselves the only "experts" on rabbit husbandry are proven wrong. It would be a shame if Heng's group was successful in ending the pet exhibition.

Do what I say...not what I do

Posted by Rabbit Education on January 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM Comments comments (0)

How often have you heard breeders should never sell to pet stores? How about rabbits should never be used in prmotional photographs? How about conditions at breeders or pet stores being "deplorable"? We usually hear these words from animal rights activist. They seem to think they are the only ones who know what's best for animals. I submit they just have an agenda and speak out of both sides of their mouths.

Let's start with using rabbits in photgraphs, rabbit activists are opposed to this. Every year when a photo studio offers people the chance to have a photo with a live rabbit they are up in arms about it. Lots of time and resoruces are spent preventing people from having the opportunity to pose with a rabbit. Breeders are attacked if they allow anyone to use or buy rabbits from them for any purpose involving photos.

Yet, it's okay for those involved in the shelter industry to do whatever they want. One activist suggests

"What if the option was for Glamour Shots to "partner" with a rabbit rescue group and was willing to use the promotion as an opportunity to educate and donate a significant portion of each photo fee to rabbit rescue efforts?" . Read that well, donate a significant portion of the photo fee. It's all about the money I guess.

Or this post from 8/26/10 concerning a need for a white lop rabbit "We've had a request for a white lop for a photo shoot this comingi monday.". I fail to see the difference between "rescue" providing a rabbit to be used in a photo shoot or a breeder. Again "rescue" wants to be able to do watever it wants and at the same time condemn everyone else.

Of course "rescue" also attacks rabbit breeders for using rabbits as food, saying breeders have no respect for the rabbit's life. Okay, so how do they justify the widespread bunny abortions they perform?

"If we suspect a bun is pregnant, she skips to the top of our priority list and is spayed PRONTO if she is pregnant." 12/14/10

"We don't like having to do spays on pregnant females, but as (name deleted) has stated, it is a necessity here on (location deleted)."

I'm sorry but you can't attack breeders for raising rabbits for food while at the same time you're killing baby bunnies. Even worse though is why they perform bunny abortion: "as we all know, young bunnies are a hot commodity: they are relatively easy to adopt out, and invariably are chosen over an older (and equally wonderful) bun, leaving the older buns to languish in rescue for years."

Let's move on to an even more troubling defense of abuse, deplorable conditions at ....a shelter. Remember breeders are being raided left and right because of minor issues like a dog's teeth need to be cleaned or there is a day's worth of feces in kennel. In late 2010 channel 7 news did a series of reports about a NYC facility. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=7848763 ; "Eyewitness News recently reported on allegations of widespread neglect, and now, there is evidence that adoptable animals are being killed on a daily basis because of overcrowding and budget cuts by the City's Department of Health.". "Eyewitness News recently obtained undercover video showing widespread, disgusting conditions, as one worker put it."

"Insiders say animals under the care of Animal Care and Control are housed in deplorable conditions - cats stacked in small cages and dogs often not walked for days. Undercover videos and photos show dogs wallowing in their own waste; Bed sheets soaked and soiled, cages caked with filth; Cat food mixed with kitty litter." http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=7806635

A rabbit owner posted on a "rescue" list  "Dogs don't get walked,cats have kitty litter in their food,and no one was picking up the phones for adoptions."

One would think "rescue" would be against a shelter neglecting animals and use their resources to fix the problem, that would be logical given their attacks on breeders, pet stores, commercial breeders, and farmers right? Apparently not:

"If it sounds like I am defending NYCACC, I am because I am one of those insiders who has been going there for 6 years". Rabbit "rescuer"

Finally we have the pet store angle. The public is bombarded with the message never buy from a pet store.  We hear nothing but propaganda against pet stores etc. But guess what folks, the shelter industry has no problem supplying pet stores with shelter animals. Again talking out of both sides of their mouths!!

From HRS website:

"Those rabbits who are sold to pet stores don't necessarily fare any better, as pet stores sell pets to anyone with the money to buy, and don't check on what kind of home they will go to."

"Please also shop at pet supply stores that do not sell animals. Since Petco and Petsmart stopped selling rabbits, Petland is now the only national pet store to sell rabbits. Please do not shop at Petland and encourage others to boycott them as well!"

ASPCA site regarding a "responsible breeder": "Never sells puppies to a dealer or pet shop." Many rabbit "rescuers" just insert "rabbit" into the "rules" made up by groups who have no experience breeding.

But wait, then they all turn right around and sell their shelter stock to pet stores.

"it’s not surprising that some nonprofit animal shelters would explore the direct “transfer” or sale of pets to retail establishments, where those pets would be sold to the public."  http://www.aspca.org/about-us/policy-positions/selling-shelter-animals-to-pet-shops.aspx

"The ASPCA recommends that any animal shelter that engages in the direct transfer or sale of pets to a retail pet store enter into a contract with the store, such contract to specify the following conditions:"

"The store will agree to acquire no dogs or cats from commercial breeding facilities, and will not acquire or purchase pets directly from the public. "

Yeah they wouldn't want competition for supplying the pet store!


"PETCO Announces an End to all Rabbit Sales

November 17, 2008 - House Rabbit Society (HRS) is delighted to announce that PETCO has decided to cease its sale of rabbits in all PETCO stores. PETCO will begin phasing rabbits out of its stores immediately and as of early 2009, the only rabbits available at PETCO stores should be rabbits from shelters or rescue organizations."


The above is incorrect, rabbits will indeed be for sale at Petco...just not breeder supplied rabbits but shelter/rescue supplied.Seriously what's the difference between a "rescue" supplying rabbits or a breeder.

It's pretty hard to take any of these groups seriously when they work under do as I command of you not as I actually do. It's time people stopped putting shelters/rescue on some some sort of pedestal , these organizations are no better than anyone else and in some respects much worse. At least pet stores and commercial breeders don't hide the fact that they are a business like the shelter industry does. Next time you hear "adopt" just remember it's another name for SALE.

90% of Rabbits ARE NOT Abandoned

Posted by Rabbit Education on March 31, 2010 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Years ago we researched the mythical 90% of all rabbits ____ fill in the blank with whatever you want, die, are euthanized, end up dead within 6 months etc. Recently I read an article discouraging people from buying rabbits that included this false "statistic". It's unfortunate we live in a society where authors freely use false information. Is it because they aren't doing the research and asking questions or is it because they have an agenda? Who knows.

On our site you can find the information detailing why the 90% line is false and made up.

To summarize it here, there are no records or have been about how many rabbits are sold per year. There are not records kept about how many rabbits shelters take in per year.

In order to state with any shred of accuracy 90% of all rabbits die, get euthanized, abandoned, whatever per year one would HAVE to know how many are sold per year and how many are abandoned per year.  But nobody has that information.

So if you happen upon the 90% line just remember it's a bunch of smelly steamy bull you know what!!

Being Proactive

Posted by Rabbit Education on January 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

The biggest threat to the ability of people to continue to breed animals are the breeders themselves.

Sound funny? Not really, how many breeders reading this blog have actually done something to portect the right to breed animals? Have you spoken to your legislators on all levels of government? Do you pass out literature explaining the true goals of animal rights to pet buyers? Do you discuss animal rights at your club meetings? Or are meeting just about putting the next show on and gossip?

Bottom line the vast majority of breeders do absoultely nothing to ensure the continued right to breed animals. They bury their heads in the sand and only concern themselves with nonsense. Meanwhile people opposed to all breeding communicate with their legislators and porpagandize the general public.

Until most breeders stand up and become active in fighting animal rights breeders will continue to lose their constitutional rights. So if you are a breeder are you doing nothing or are you part of the solution?